How do Homeschoolers Compare according to test scores?

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Maybe you’re thinking about homeschooling… or maybe you’re a newbie who is doubting her ability to educate her own kids.

Would it help to see how homeschoolers have ACTUALLY performed on national standardized tests?

How DO homeschoolers compare with other students, according to hard data?

Whether you are wondering about homeschooling,  ready to dive in,  or have already begun, you need to see the facts and figures on homeschooled students to see how homeschoolers compare with other students.

If you are homeschooling or love someone who is, gobble up this research about how homeschoolers actually compare with other children on nationalized standard tests.  Read the facts in this infographic below.

Especially if you aren’t familiar with home education, prepare to be amazed!

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How Do Homeschoolers Compare? Quite Well!

Did you see this part? “On average, homeschoolers score higher than 87 percent on national standardized tests.”

That means that homeschooled students rank in the top 13% in academic achievement, as measured by national standardized tests.

Homeschooled students rank in the top 13% in academic achievement, as measured by national standardized tests.

Does that surprise you?

It does take commitment, planning, and time… but isn’t it ENCOURAGING to read on average how well homeschooled children do?

That doesn’t mean that you won’t have a hard day (you will), or that there isn’t a learning curve for the newbie homeschooling parent (there is).  It won’t be EASY.  But if you choose to homeschool and are committed to it, you have an excellent chance that your children will not only do well, they will THRIVE.

Please don’t talk yourself out of homeschooling because you think it is going to be too hard.  And don’t change your mind because you may have felt so inept at the beginning.

In spite of your education (or lack thereof), even though your quiver is full, despite the fact that you can’t afford (or don’t want to!) hand your children off to paid teachers or programs to teach… according to the numbers — chances are you can quite successfully homeschool your kids!

If homeschooling intrigues you and you’d like to read more, read Is Homeschooling Better than Public Schooling next!


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  1. I love the infographic! What a great perspective it gives. As a former teacher in a school that was very concerned about test scores, it’s so freeing now as a homeschool mom to teach however I want.

    1. I’m glad you liked the infographic, Heidi! I am sure you/re enjoying the freedom of homeschooling, especially after being a classroom teacher. Thanks for sharing. ?

  2. Wow, that is so interesting! Did you make that infographic yourself? It’s wonderful to learn about the history and benefits of homeschooling and I like how you present all of the information in a way that’s easy to comprehend.

    1. Thank you, Lisa. No, I didn’t make it, but I loved the way so much information was included in such a readable format. Thanks for reading!

  3. This is an interesting perspective. I have been a teacher and then teacher-librarian in school for 20 years so I don’t know a whole lot about homeschooling. I do agree with Amy about there being more effective ways to evaluate children than testing. It is so important to think about how a child learns and learning for a test is not the best for most children!

    1. I know what you mean about there being more effective ways to evaluate learning than testing, and it’s sad that so many teachers are forced to “teach to the test.” Thank you for sharing your perspective.

  4. That is not surprising. It’s great to see that in figures too. However, at this point in time, I’ve yet to understand why standardized tests are still allowed. It’s a comparison thing and most kids I know, my own included, hate them fiercely. They say if they’re going to take a big test like that, that it should mean something, it should have a real grade for them to see their progress, not a bunch of indecipherable percentages and percentiles. Really. This is 2018, those tests need to be eliminated. Give a kid a test and they freeze up. Ask them to tell you about things they know/have learned, and you’ll be sitting there awhile, in awe at how much detail they can give you.

    1. Hi Amy, I know what you mean about standardized tests. I’m so glad as homeschoolers we have the opportunity to use more effective means to evaluate our kids knowledge… like talking to them! That’s why our curricula teaches parents to use oral and written narration, oral and written reports, presentations, lapbooks and more to evaluate their children’s learning. Much more effective! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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